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Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

VIDEORECIPE Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta is a delicious, healthy one-pot pasta dinner consisting of a slightly creamy sauce, juicy chicken, crisp broccoli & tender cherry tomatoes. Kids friendly Instant pot chicken pesto pasta is a quick dinner.

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Quick and easy dinner ideas for tonight

The recipe can be found in this article

Quick and easy dinner ideas for tonight

Ingredients

number of servings
6

Ingredients

  • 12 lb Rotini Pasta Added to
  • 8 penne pasta Added to
  • 112 pounds chicken (use chicken breast or thighs diced into inch cubes.) Added to
  • 1 Cup onion (use yellow onion roughly chopped.) Added to
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (minced.) Added to
  • 12 teaspoon Paprika (not smoked.) Added to
  • 12 teaspoon thyme Added to
  • 12 teaspoon Italian spices Added to
  • 1 head small Broccoli (made into florets. About cups. Use blanched broccoli.) Added to
  • 34 Cup cherry tomatoes (halved.) Added to
  • 0.2 Cup pesto store bought or homemade. Added to
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil (use extra light or light olive oil.) Added to
  • to taste salt Added to

Seasonings for chicken

  • 12 teaspoon paprika Added to
  • 12 teaspoon Black Pepper (crushed.) Added to
  • pinch salt a Added to

Liquid

  • 2 cups Water (slightly warm.) Added to
  • 2 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon (chicken base stirred in the warm water to form a flavor packed instant chicken stock.) Added to

Dairy

  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream (slightly warm. Use the microwave oven.) Added to
  • 14 Cup Parmesan Cheese (finely grated. We used it as a garnish. But you can add it along with the heavy cream to make the sauce more creamy.) Added to
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Directions

20 min.
1. Step

Season chicken & Saute: Seasong the chicken pieces with ingredients mentioned above in the "Seasonings for chicken" section. Rub the chicken well. Set the instant pot on SAUTE & set it on HIGH heat, add oil. When the oil becomes moderately hot gently release the seasoned chicken and saute until the pieces turn golden around the edges. Set them aside.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

2. Step

Saute aromatics: In the same pot add the chopped onion and minced garlic and saute for about 2 minute

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

3. Step

Deglaze pot: Now, stir the better the bouillon chicken base in 2 cups warm water to form an instant flavorful homemade chicken stock and pour this into the instant pot. Deglaze the pot very well by scarpping the sides & the bottom of the pot with the help of a spatula. This will help loosen any stuck food particles and prevent the BURN error. Cancel the SAUTE function.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

4. Step

Layer Pasta and chicken: Add the seasonings – ½ teaspoon each paprika, Italian seasoning & thyme. Stir to mix well. Now, add the uncooked pasta, DO NOT stir or mix, press the pasta down gently with a spatula so that they get a nice coat of the liquid. Now, transfer back the sauteed chicken and layer them on top of the pasta. DO NOT mix or stir.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

5. Step

Pressure cook: Secure the lid of the instant pot, seal the valve and PRESSURE COOK on HIGH for just 3 mins. Once, the cooking cycle is over the instant pot will begin to beep. Immediately perform a quick pressure release by moving the valve from the sealing to the venting position. Open the lid carefully when the metal pin on top of the lid drops. Give everything a good stir. Hit the keep warm mode and set it on normal.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

6. Step

Make creamy pesto sauce: Now add the basil pesto and slightly warm heavy whipping cream . Stir everything in the pot to mix well. Now, at this point you can add ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese if you prefer extra creamy sauce. We have used the parm as a garnish in this recipe. You can so a taste test now and add some salt if you feel like, this will help pop the flavor. Add salt according to your personal taste preference.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

7. Step

Add veggies & serve: Now, add the blanched broccoli florets (**read NOTES below) and the halved cherry tomatoes. Stir everything in the pot to mix well. Turn off the instant pot. The residual heat will wilt the outer skin of the cherry tomatoes and you'll love the flavor. Serve immediately and garnish individual serving with grated parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Enjoy.

Instant Pot Pesto Chicken Pasta - preparation step 1

Source: Youtube

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